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The Blogger Games results are in!

May 30, 2012

“If you ain’t first, you’re last.” – Ricky Bobby

I suffered a loss to the boss in the Blogger Games. Now before any of you start thinking this was one of those “let the boss win,” like in golf, fuggedaboutit. I’d never let her win at that, either. I’m a scosche too competitive. To illustrate, Sunday night, (Play)Joyce and I were next door for dinner and some friendly Rummikub with neighbors “Chuck” and Nancy. I love Charlie. He’s a retired union welder who built ships in the Quincy (MA) shipyards. He’s a lifelong learner with an engineer’s mind. When I threw away a dead weed whacker, he dug it out of the trash, chastised me, and fixed it. Monday morning he helped me repair a split copper pipe on the outdoor shower. I’d do anything for the guy. Almost. During the Rummikub matches, the action was getting intense (In hindsight, I guess just for me…), and Chuck passed the velour pouch of tiles to Joyce, a clear signal his turn had ended. A couple seconds later, he let out a groan, indicating he wasn’t finished, asking, “Can I finish my turn?” His jerk of a neighbor replied, “Uh, I believe a bag pass was completed.” I’m an idiot. So, yeah, I wanted to beat (Work)Joyce badly. Unfortunately, when the final results were tallied by the corporate communications team of Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe, this poor loser, um, lost by 15 page views. I still love my boss, and someday I may congratulate her…

Kronos wants to win badly, too. We’re competitive right up to our CEO. Recently when Aron hosted a “town hall” meeting for employees to review our positive second quarter results, he talked about some of the big wins. Then he said, “We win most of the deals we’re in, but I want to win them all.” We win most of the time because we work hard to deliver the experience our customers expect with great products, and services our customers ask for to help them succeed, like cloud services and the always available education portal, KnowledgePass.

15 page views… The competition was fun, but it will take a while for me to process this one. By Friday I might unlock and open my office door, and next week I may even start talking to (Work)Joyce again. When (Play)Joyce won a round Sunday night, there were high-fives all around… but I didn’t mean it. While searching for the Ricky Bobby quote, I found another gem on one of those “demotivational” posters:

“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”

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  1. May 30, 2012 9:24 am

    Couldn’t have done it without ya, big guy…(i.e. no different than our every day work life).

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